Rev. Peg Chemberlin

The Rev. Peg Chemberlin is the executive director of the Minnesota Council of Churches. She is the immediate past president of the National Council of Churches, an organization of 36 communions with 45 million constituents across the nation. Read more about Rev. Peg Chemberlin.

Well, I’m still here, how about you?

Posted by: Rev. Peg Chemberlin under Society Updated: May 21, 2011 - 10:08 AM

Well, I’m still here, how about you? Anybody missing?

How in the world does somebody think they know the day the world will end, seems a bit idolatrous to me, but here’s basically how this is all got calculated.

In Genesis 7:4, God said to Noah: "Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made." It is calculated that when God referred to seven days, God meant both seven days and seven thousand years. That calculation comes from the verse which says that "one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." The flood occurred in 4990 BC, we are told. Seven thousand years later is 2011.

So there’s the year. Now how do we get the date? That is related to the number of days between the Crucifixion and May 21, 2011. There are 722,500 days between these dates. 722,500 is a significant number because it is composed of the significant numbers 5x10x17x5x10x17. Five signifies redemption; ten signifies completion; and 17 signifies heaven. The numbers represent the day of redemption (5) and the end of the Christian era (10) and the ascent to heaven (17) -- and these factors are doubled for added significance. According to pamphlet, I didnlt actually add it all up.

Theo Gill, senior editor at the World Council of Churches, says: You can see why people look for hidden messages in the Bible: The stuff that appears on the surface - like "Love one another", "Let justice roll down like a river" and "My peace I give you" - is so clearly outlandish.

Hmm, well, for me (while I am still here) I am goign to focus on: love your neighbor and the Good Samaritan, and feeding sheep, and welcoming lost sons and when you have done this to the least of them, and Luke 4. Not so difficule to understand if you just take Him at His word.

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